1. “Making a Murderer” could see second installment.
10 years covering the story of Steven Avery still wasn’t enough. Chief content officer at Netflix Ted Sarandos hinted at the possibility of a second installment of the largely popular “Making a Murderer” series during a Television Critics Association press tour this past weekend, but maintained that nothing has yet been formally undertaken. “The story is unfolding, so we’ll certainly look at it,” Sarandos said. The show’s creators Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi spent 10 years developing the 10-part series which takes an in depth look at the case of a Wisconsin man, Steven Avery, who was exonerated after serving 18 years in prison for a rape he did not commit, but has since been convicted of murder. “What we’ve managed to do in the past four weeks is have several phone calls with Steven Avery, which we have recorded with an eye toward including them in future episodes,” Ricciardi said.
2. Calls for Oscar boycott grow, Academy president comments.
Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee both announced they will officially boycott this year’s Academy Awards amid its controversial nomination of all-white actors for the show’s major categories. Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs has also issued a statement that she is “heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion” and vows that the program is “taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership.” The issues resurfacing echo the outrage that accompanied last year’s all-white acting nominees and a 2012 study by the Los Angeles Times which found the academy’s membership is made up almost entirely of all white males.
3. Minecraft to be used in classrooms.
CNN announced today that computer game Minecraft will now be included in educational packages available for classroom use. The popular block-building game allows users to build intricate block-worlds and is available on a number of different platforms. While many parents believe the game encourages imaginative exploration and teaches things like “spacial relations, budgeting and how to play with others,” some parents see the use of the game in classrooms as one screen too many. What do you think? Take our poll here.
4. Glenn Frey of Eagles dies at 67.
He helped write hits like “Hotel California” and “Life in the Fast Lane,” and sang the Eagles’ “Take it Easy,” all after co-founding the band with Don Henley. Glenn Frey has died at 67 years old from complications from rheumatoid arthritis and pneumonia, after suffering various health problems since the 1980s.
5. Mighty Fine Burgers food trailer now open at the Picnic.
A new food truck at the Barton Springs food trailer park the Picnic gives you one more place to get a pretty good, excuse us, Mighty Fine burger. This will be the fifth location of the popular burger chain burger, and will offer guests covered picnic table seating. The new trailer opened for lunch over the weekend at 11 a.m.